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College Football Coach Was Fired Late Friday Night

first_imgA pylon at the CFP National Championship game.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: A detailed view of the ESPN Pylon Cam during the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Alabama Crimson Tide at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)We had an FBS head coaching firing late on Friday night amidst all of the craziness with the rivalry games.In case you missed it, Central Michigan University announced a major change in its football leadership.The program has decided to move on from head coach John Bonamego.Bonamego, 55, was CMU’s head coach from 2015-18. He was previously an assistant coach with the Detroit Lions.Central Michigan Announces Football Leadership Change https://t.co/oA9DOi3UsI— CMU Football (@CMU_Football) November 24, 2018From Central Michigan:“Making a leadership change is a difficult decision, especially when you know that coach has given his all to CMU,” Alford said.  “After conducting a 360-degree evaluation of the program, it was clear that a change is needed if we are going to compete for and win championships.  We greatly appreciate all that John has done for his alma mater and wish him the best moving forward.”Bonamego just finished his fourth season at CMU with an overall record of 22-29 and a MAC record of 15-17. The Chippewas were 1-11 overall, 0-8 in conference action this past season.Cory Hall will provide leadership for the program until a new head coach is named.There have been several major firings so far this month and more are likely to come when the regular season ends this weekend. Stay tuned.last_img read more

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TGIF Shopping: Nixon Premium Watches Opens NYC Location

first_img The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now 1. Nixon SoHo 2. Nixon SoHo 3. Nixon SoHo 4. Nixon SoHo 5. Nixon SoHo 6. Nixon SoHo 7. Nixon SoHo 8. Nixon SoHo 9. Nixon SoHo California-based premium watch and accessories brand Nixon is setting up shop with its first West Location, laying down brick and mortar roots smack dab in – where else –  Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood.“New York is an obvious fashion center (like Paris and London) and part of our key cities strategy of reaching a broader audience,” says Tom Jones, VP Global Marketing and Creative. “We love the energy and culture of New York. We are design obsessed people – it is part of Nixon’s DNA – and we wanted to be able to share our brand and products with a like minded audience and invite them to share in our experiences. In order for us to clearly convey what Nixon is all about, it is important for us to be able to showcase a complete brand experience to the community – doing a retail space is the only way.”Related: Harry Winston Avenue Dual Time Automatic The store will showcase Nixon’s signature watch table, with its watches displayed in the shape of an undulating wave – a reference to Nixon’s heritage in action sports, specifically in surf. This horizon line-inspired display creates the illusion of watches floating effortlessly in a wave pattern.“We wanted to reimagine the way watches are displayed and were inspired by our roots in surf, skate and snow,” says Jones, “and as a result we have introduced the horizon line concept, an element that connects all board sports environments. We display the watches above glass in a way that lets people check out the product at their leisure with no pressure or intimidating experience.Anchoring the store is Nixon’s customization bar, which allows customers the opportunity to create one-of-a-kind watches.The new space will also give Nixon the opportunity to spotlight its limited-edition offerings, including its new, Swiss-made Automatic RSVP collection.Taking cues from the sneaker world, they created the first watch wall where people can walk up and check out a watch just like you would a sneaker. “This is a familiar way to engage product that no other watch brands have done,” explains Jones.Nixon SoHo is located at 122 Prince Street, between Wooster Street and Greene Street. Editors’ Recommendations center_img 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know 12 Best Seiko Watches for Men, From Flashy to Functional Affordable Watch Hunting: 10 Best Timex Watches For Menlast_img read more

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BEA Delivers Newbuild Warship to Royal Navy of Oman

first_imgzoom A new warship has been handed over to the Royal Navy of Oman amid colourful celebrations on HM Naval Base Portsmouth this morning.AL RAHMANI is the second of three 99 metre corvettes designed, built and delivered for the Royal Navy of Oman as part of Project Khareef. Her Interim Acceptance, in which the ship’s title is transferred before sailing to Oman, marks an important milestone for the project.The formal handover ceremony was attended by BAE Systems’ employees and VIPs from the Royal Navy of Oman and the Royal Navy who watched her crew board the vessel and raise the National Flag of Oman on the ship’s flight deck for the first time.Mick Ord, Managing Director of BAE Systems Maritime – Naval Ships, said: “This is a proud occasion for both the Royal Navy of Oman and our employees who have worked together to design, build and deliver this impressive ship. The delivery of these three corvettes now has a real momentum behind it, which is testament to the strong partnership we have built with the Royal Navy of Oman and the dedication of everyone on the project.”In celebration of the milestone, BAE employees took part in a week of Omani themed activities with the ship’s crew members. Portsmouth’s iconic Spinnaker Tower also joined the celebrations by lighting up in Oman’s national colours over the city in which AL RAHMANI was constructed.The shipbuilder will now support AL RAHMANI’s crew as they complete Flag Officer Sea Training with the Royal Navy before departing on a 3,000 mile delivery voyage to Oman. The ship will then complete final hot weather trials during which the ship will demonstrate her ability to perform in temperatures in excess of 45 degrees Celsius.The first vessel in the class, AL SHAMIKH which was handed over in June, has now arrived in Oman, while the third ship, AL RASIKH, is scheduled for handover in the first half of 2014.BAE, October 31, 2013last_img read more

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New IACS Chairman Pinpoints Top Priorities

first_imgzoom ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki has set out goal-based standards, cyber system safety, and quality to be the areas he will focus on as incoming chairman of The International Association of Classification Societies (IACS).The IACS strategic plan has been designed to address both the current and future needs of the shipping industry by focusing on three key areas: structural, machinery and cyber system integrity.“By focusing on these three legs of the safety stool, I believe we can build on IACS’ recent achievements and set out an agenda that addresses existing and emerging challenges.” Wiernicki says.“My priorities for 2015-2016 strike a balance between the completion of ongoing projects and the need to look forward and formulate the next generation of IACS guidelines, unified and procedural requirements.”In the coming year, Wiernicki’s focus areas also include ensuring a smooth completion of the initial round of audits for the IMO Goal-Based Standards process.He will also advance the creation of a cyber-system safety framework that addresses control systems, software quality assurance, data integrity and cyber security enhancing the initiative that was commenced in 2014.Wiernicki will further seek to ensure that the IACS Quality System Certification Scheme (QSCS) remains the ‘gold standard’ for classification society performance.Wiernicki, who assumed the role of IACS Chairman at the end of the 71st session of the IACS Council in Paris on July 2, 2015, singled out the importance of IACS in supporting the industry at a time when more stringent regulatory requirements are being formulated and implemented.“IACS’ relationships, extensive technical knowledge, experience and independence place it in a unique position to work with regulators and industry,” he says.”IACS will continue to reach out and strengthen relationships with all parties, continuing to demonstrate that its commitment to safety, quality and environmental protection are more important than ever.”last_img read more

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Trudeau names pollster former judge to Senate for Ontario and Quebec

first_imgOTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has named pollster Donna Dasko and former judge Pierre Dalphond to the Senate.Dasko will represent Ontario and Dalphond will take a Quebec seat, both as independents.Dalphond, a noted lawyer and mediator, was appointed to the Superior Court of Quebec in 1995 and to the Quebec Court of Appeal in 2002.He was educated at the University of Montreal and Oxford and worked in both government and private practice before he was named to the bench.Dasko was formerly senior vice-president of Environics Research Group Ltd., one of the country’s leading research firms.She now is a fellow at the University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy and Governance and teaches in the master’s program.Trudeau says he looks forward to working with the new senators.“Their remarkable knowledge and experience will be a great benefit to our country,” he said in a statement.last_img read more

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Jury rules Apple owes Qualcomm 31M for patent infringement

SAN DIEGO — A jury has decided Apple should pay $31 million in damages for infringing on patents for technology owned by mobile chip maker Qualcomm that helps iPhones quickly connect to the internet and extend their battery life.The verdict Friday in a San Diego federal court follows a two-week trial pitting two former allies that have become bitter adversaries. The trial is a fragment of a legal battle involving Apple and Qualcomm, who are sparing over who invented some of the technology used for key features in smartphones and other mobile devices.The jury agreed with Qualcomm’s contention that it should be paid $1.41 per iPhone relying on three of its patents.Qualcomm hailed the verdict as a validation of its technology’s importance to iPhones. Apple said it was disappointed with the decision.The Associated Press read more

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UN award recognizes population efforts in Iran US Algeria Malaysia

7 June 2007Four laureates – from Iran, the United States, Algeria and Malaysia – today received the United Nations Population Award at a ceremony in New York. “Today, we celebrate outstanding contributions to the awareness of population questions or to their solutions,” Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro told participants. “And we recognize individuals and institutions who, through their work and achievements, are at the forefront of human progress and development,” she added.Dr. Hossein Malek Afzail of Iran, Allan Rosenfield of the United States, Le Comité National de Population of Algeria, and the National Population and Family Development Board of Malaysia shared this year’s Award.Praising their accomplishments, Ms. Migiro noted that the awardees are “leaders not only on population issues, but also in our race to the Millennium Development Goals, especially the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger,” referring to the eight global development targets to be achieved by 2015.For the first time in its 17-year history, the Award is being bestowed upon four laureates – selected by the Population Award Committee, which is administered by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and comprises 10 Member States elected by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) – instead of two, one each in the individual and institutional categories.Dr. Rosenfield, a Columbia University professor, co-wrote a seminal paper on maternal death and as a result, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation established the Averting Maternal Death and Disability programme which supports projects in 50 countries.Dr. Afzali works in Iran’s Ministry of Health and Medical Education, and has helped design strategies to improve health procedures, particularly adolescent health, reproductive health and family planning.In the institutional category, the Algerian National Population Committee was honoured for its advocacy for a strategic population policy in Algeria, and the National Population and Family Development Board of Malaysia has pushed for socio-demographic research and monitors population trends to create awareness among policymakers.“Their work highlights the importance of empowering people in the most basic areas of their lives: planning or managing pregnancies, limiting unsafe abortions, practicing responsible sexual behaviour and reversing the deadly tide of AIDS,” Ms. Migiro said at the ceremony. “These are the most crucial milestones on the road to prosperity. They remain the ultimate measures of human progress.”In another address, the Deputy Secretary-General underscored that much remains to be done to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).“Some progress has been made, and there are clear signs of hope,” she said yesterday in New York, in an address to the 20th annual meeting of the Academic Council on the United Nations System.“But we still have a long way to go to fulfil the vision underpinning the Millennium Development Goals – a vision of a world with less poverty, hunger and disease; with greater survival prospects for mothers and their infants; with better educated children; with equal opportunities for women; and with a healthier environment,” she added.She observed that Governments have already made “impressive commitments” to support the attainment of the MDGs, and she said that “concerted action now” is crucial in such areas as poverty, health, and education, among others, as this “may mean the difference between success and failure in achieving these critical targets.”Ms. Migiro stressed that rapid progress is a definite possibility when backed by “firm commitments, sound strategies and adequate financing.” read more

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Manitoba defies federal government demand for 50 a tonne price on carbon

WINNIPEG — Manitoba’s Progressive Conservative government will announce a carbon tax of $25 a tonne Friday — to be implemented sometime next year — and keep it at that rate, a government source familiar with the file confirmed to The Canadian Press.The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record, said the province will refuse to follow federal government demands to raise the tax to $50 a tonne by 2022.The source confirmed the $25 number first revealed in a draft document obtained by The Canadian Press last month, which said a $25-a-tonne tax would raise $250 million annually for the province.The change should add about five cents a litre to the price of gasoline, the source said, and also apply to natural gas and other items, but not hydro-electricity.Premier Brian Pallister refused to confirm details of the carbon-pricing plan Thursday. He told reporters the plan will be revealed Friday and will include a method for demonstrating how the tax will help reduce emissions.“There’s going to be the opportunity for people to see how we’re doing,” Pallister said.The federal government wants the provinces to start with a $10 per tonne tax next year that would ramp up to $50 a tonne by 2022. If a province refuses, the federal government has said it will impose the tax and hand over the collected money to the province.Saskatchewan is the only province that has threatened to not impose a carbon tax at all.Pallister has long said he supports the idea of carbon pricing but the $50 amount is too high, and Manitoba should get credit for the billions of dollars it has spent developing its clean-energy hydroelectric system.Pallister released a legal opinion from a constitutional law expert earlier this month that said Ottawa has the right to demand or impose a carbon tax, but the province might be able to defend a lower price in court if it is as effective as the federal plan in reducing emissions.“I know that people don’t want to pay more taxes … but the fact of the matter is, if we just say no, we are going to get the federal plan introduced,” the premier said Thursday.There will be public consultations on how Manitoba will spend its money, the source said — possibilities include income-tax reductions, energy rebates, investments in green-energy technology and flood-prevention infrastructure to mitigate the effects of climate change.One possible example of green-energy technology, according to the document obtained by The Canadian Press last month, would be financial aid for municipal transit services to switch to electric buses.The Canadian Press read more

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Football Eric GloverWilliams no longer with Ohio State

Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith talks to junior wide receiver Eric Glover-Williams prior to fall camp on Aug. 5. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor.Ohio State wide receiver Eric Glover-Williams is no longer a member of the Buckeyes, as first reported by Austin Ward and Ryan Ginn of Land of 10. An Ohio State spokesperson confirmed the report. No reason has been provided as to why the junior is no longer with the team. Ohio State sources confirm that Eric Glover-Williams is no longer part of the program. No official reason has been given for departure.— Austin Ward (@AWardSports) September 2, 2017The Canton, Ohio, native was a safety prior to this season, but made the transition to wide receiver during the spring. He appeared in all 13 games last season on special teams and recorded seven tackles.Glover-Williams came to Ohio State as a four-star cornerback in the 2015 class and was ranked the No. 101 prospect in the nation, 12th best at the position and fourth best in the state by 247Sports Composite Rankings. read more

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Nifty mine Land Cruisers become mobile automation centres with RCT retrofits

first_imgA range of RCT’s solutions from across four of its five sub-brands were used to fit out two Land Cruiser Troop Carriers, transforming them into mobile automation centres bound for Metals X’s Nifty copper mine site recently. “Retrofitting a troop carrier isn’t a job out of the ordinary for RCT however, this particular request was extensive and made possible through client and RCT Customer Service collaboration.”The retrofit consisted of the installation of RCT’s ControlMaster® Teleremote platform, Muirhead® Engine Protection systems, and a AusProTec™ Maxi Vision Camera for reverse vision. In addition to RCT’s products, its technicians installed additional features as per requested by the client.This included stand-alone air conditioning, Ice Pak and rear personnel carrier to support the condenser, a custom bull bar, UHF radios and UHF. The team also removed the front passenger chair and supplied and installed an alloy floor plate to allow the operator easy and safe access in and out of the vehicle. The rear windows were also removed and sheet metal installed to increase durability and safety of the vehicle. Finally, bulkhead was also installed to significantly increase connection points. The extensive modifications on the troop carriers were significantly different to any other light vehicle RCT had completed previously. “It was a custom-driven solution as requested by the client and made possible by RCT’s Customer service team,” said RCT’s Account Manager, Phill Dean.last_img read more

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Kielce win derby against Rhein Neckar Lowen

7. IFK Kristianstad12219355:385(-30)5 1. FC Barcelona Lassa11812336:303(33)17 ← Previous Story Vipers manager Terje Marcussen: I will run naked if we don’t beat Larvik until 2019! Next Story → Flensburg win in Celje – PSG routine 40… 2. KS Vive Tauron Kielce12732366:346(20)17 5. HC Vardar12705351:318(33)14 8. KIF Kolding Kobenhavn111010280:349(-69)2 3. MOL-Pick Szeged11713324:302(22)15 TEXT: MARTYNA USNARSKA 6. Montpellier HB11317293:320(-27)7 4. Rhein-Neckar Löwen12714325:307(18)15 In the match of the week Vive Tauron Kielce and Rhein-Neckar Löwen gave their fans quite a lot of excitement. The Polish team took the 28:27 victory but the final result was not decided until the last seconds.Both team began the game playing a bit sloppy and making all kinds of errors in attack but Kielce came away unscathed and in the 8. minute they led by two goals (4:2). Löwen struggled in the attack as their opponents stayed strong in defence forcing the referees to rise hands and signal passive play. The two-goal-edge was held for some time until Stefan Kneer was sent off on the bench for 2 minutes. Andre Schmid entered the court as a libero and tried to score by himself; unfortunately for him he failed both times and instead of losing by two, his team was losing by four in the 19. minute (9:5 for Kielce). However, the hosts didn’t manage to keep this advantage and three minutes later the gap was only one goal. In the meantime coach Duyshebaev received a yellow card for protests after one of the decisions of referees. The refs didn’t like his behaviour but the crowd seemed to share the coach’s opinion and expressed it quite firmly. In the 27. minute Uwe Gensheimer had a chance to get his team on the lead but failed to score a penalty twice in a row. The end of the first half was not the best time for Kielce attack but due to mistakes of the German team they managed to finish leading by two (12:10).Vive Tauron Kielce – Rhein-Neckar Löwen 28:27 (12:10)Vive: Szmal, Sego – Aguinagalde 1, Bielecki 2, Buntić 5, Chrapkowski, Cupić 5, Jachlewski 1, Jurecki 1, Kus, Lijewski 2, Paczkowski 1, Reichmann 4, Strlek 2, Zorman 4.Rhein-Neckar: Appelgren, Ristovski – Baena 2 Gonzalez, Ekdahl du Rietz 4, Gensheimer 2, Gerdon, Kneer 1, Larsen 6, Pekeler, Petersson 5, Reinkind, Schmidt 2, Sigurmannsson 3, Steinhauser 2.First ten minutes of the second half was a time when Kielce tried to get back to the bigger gap they had in the previous half and they succeeded. In the 38. minute they led by four goals again (17:13) but they ended up exactly the same as before, that is, losing almost entire lead in a few minutes. With 10 minutes to go, the result was 20:20. The teams turned up their speed, each equalising goal of Lions was followed by a goal of Kielce. However, in the 56. minute the hosts broke down their opponents – Löwen lost the ball and Kielce scored at 26:24. When in the 59. minute the result was 28:25, the match seemed rather decided but then Borko Ristovski saved Aginagalde’s throw, and Zorman hit the outside net. Suddenly the result was 28:27 and the German team was attacking but Sławomir Szmal saved the throw thus becoming a hero of Kielce who also spared his team another draw.RK Vardar beat IFK Kristianstad 38:36 (21:19) with Luka Cindric in the main role with 8 goals, while Jamali and Bjornsen netted seven for Swedish team.STANDINGS: read more

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Close the roof Sweden boss Hamren doesnt want to wear longstockings tomorrow

first_imgSWEDISH MANAGER ERIK Hamren has insisted it’s better for everyone if the Friends Arena roof is closed for Ireland’s World Cup qualifier on Friday – including Giovanni Trapattoni.The Irish boss asked on Wednesday for the stadium to be left open, despite temperatures set to dip to -10°C.“It is too loud,” Trapattoni said. “I was in Germany with his situation before, and it was bad for us because of the crowd. It would not be cold. The pitch is what’s important. It’s for the spectators that it will be cold.”Interestingly, Hamren took on a more populist stance. Hamren also said he expected a close game in what is an increasingly tight battle for second place behind Germany, and paid credit to their away record of never having been beaten in a qualifier on the road.“[Ireland] are a really good team. We are full of respect for them. The team played in Euro [2012] last summer and is worth all respect. If you see away statistics from Ireland, you can see it is a really tough team to beat. I expect a tough game tomorrow and they always play, in my opinion with heart in the green shirt. We are ready, the players are ready and it’s going to be a tough game. It will be really tough to beat them. That’s our goal, to be that good. Then we’ll see what happens. There’s only one point between us so, yeah, it will be a really important game.”Hamren also said that his side must improve defensively, having conceded nine in their last three games. Two of those, however, were friendlies against England and Argentina with the other a stirring 4-4 comeback against Germany.“The defence is still not there,” Hamren conceded. “We had some problems in defence in these games with nine goals, so I am not satisfied with that. We have also met the number-two, three and six [ranked] countries in the world. So we’re not ready there yet. We’re working to be a better team all the time. We’re satisfied we scored 10 goals in those games but we have to work on this.”‘Keane is a great player’ — respect from Ibra for Robbie ahead of Stockholm showdown I don’t think it makes a difference for the players. But for the audience, for supporters, for me and Trapattoni, it’s better to have it locked. Then we don’t have to have long-stockings on. In my opinion, let it it be closed. It’s going to be cold tomorrow night. Those paying a lot of money to see the game, let them enjoy it. If they don’t have it, they have to prepare [for the cold]. If they have, why not use it?”last_img read more

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Delays to traffic and rail services after car smashed through Merrion Gates

first_imgDELAYS TO TRAFFIC, Dart and Commuter services can be expected this afternoon at Merrion Gates in south Dublin following a collision in the early hours of this morning.The incident happened at around 5.20am when a single car smashed into the gates.A garda spokesperson told TheJournal.ie that no one was injured in the accident but “significant damage” was caused to the gates.Irish Rail are reporting 20 minute delays to all Dart and Commuter services, while there have been long delays for traffic in both directions.Merrion Gates will close to all traffic at 2pm today for repairs to be carried out and drivers have been asked by gardaí to use “alternative routes”.(Image: Stephen McBride)(Image: Stephen McBride)last_img read more

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GCM welcomes the announcement of the Working Holiday Visa

first_imgThe Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM) welcomed the announcements of the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Greece, Terens Quick and the Minister for Immigration of Australia David Coleman, about the implementation of the bilateral agreement for the Working Holiday Visa between Australia and Greece. This visa allows young people to visit each country respectively with the right to work. The reciprocal agreement is set to commence on 1 July 2019.The announcement of the commencement of the agreement was made by Mr Quick during his visit to Melbourne to celebrate Greek National Independence Day as well as by the Australian Minister of Immigration, Mr David Coleman, in a press release distributed earlier this week.Minister Quick welcomed the implementation of the reciprocal agreement noting that it is a positive outcome after many years of uncertainty. Minister Coleman in his press release emphasised that “Australia enjoys a great friendship with Greece and there has been much interest from Greece in participating in the Work and Holiday visa program. This announcement will provide more opportunities for work and cultural exchange between our nations.”READ MORE: Working Holiday Visa announcedGCM’s President, Bill Papastergiadis, said that the agreement was an initiative of the Greek Community. Since June 2011 the GCM commenced talks with the then Minister of Immigration, Mr Chris Bowen, on the issue of the increased immigration of Greek citizens to Australia and the signing of a Working Holiday Visa agreement with Greece. Subsequently, various representations were made to other relevant bodies both in Australia and in Greece, as well as meetings with government officials, including the President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos.Costas Markos, the GCM General Secretary, said that he is pleased with this development, “as the efforts of many years have finally paid off and the agreement is once again an affirmation that Australia and Greece share a rich history.” He further added that “it will provide a unique opportunity to the youth of both countries to foster and further enhance this unique relationship between the two nations”The work and holiday agreement will also provide the opportunity to Greek nationals to extend their stay in Australia if the undertake six months of regional work in their second year in Australia. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Star Wars Episode 9 filming wraps but wheres that title

first_img 2 Here’s another milestone on the road toward Star Wars: Episode 9. Filming on the final movie in the saga has wrapped, director J.J. Abrams announced Friday. “There is no adequate way to thank this truly magical crew and cast,” Abrams tweeted, while sharing a photo of cast members hugging. It feels impossible, but today wrapped photography on Episode IX. There is no adequate way to thank this truly magical crew and cast. I’m forever indebted to you all. pic.twitter.com/138AprtFuZ— JJ Abrams (@jjabrams) February 15, 2019 That’s a wrap on Star Wars episode 9 and the end to a chapter of my life that I couldn’t be more thankful for. What a process! It really has been a joy to be in these movies surrounded by amazing people. JJ thank you for making my dreams come true. pic.twitter.com/8b83vQKKDc— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) February 15, 2019 The news only sparked fan interest in the eventual announcement of the film’s title. “Now we just need that title reveal along with a few trailers to get us all psyched for December,” Samuel James wrote. Filming on STAR WARS: EPISODE IX has wrapped. Now we just need that title reveal along with a few trailers to get us all psyched for December! pic.twitter.com/vWLn1XMt2m— Samuel James (@SJMJ91) February 15, 2019 Star Wars Comments Actor Anthony Daniels, who plays C-3PO, has been teasing hints about the title, and star Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker, has also joked about it. Personally, I’m still rooting for Star Wars: A New Order, as a throwback to the first Star Wars film, later dubbed Star Wars: A New Hope.Episode 9 opens worldwide on Dec. 20, 2019. Hey @jjabrams… RELEASE THE @STARWARS TITLE. pic.twitter.com/CmNcBzC6jS— Lights, Camera, Pod (@LightsCameraPod) February 15, 2019 Star John Boyega, who plays Finn, tweeted the same photo with his own caption, calling it “the end to a chapter of my life that I couldn’t be more thankful for.” Tags 17 Photos Lego Millennium Falcon: Feast your eyes on 17 gorgeous photos kind of a long title for a Star Wars movie, but i’ll take it https://t.co/ZmUkLYqrf2— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) February 15, 2019 Share your voice TV and Movieslast_img read more

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Is the Mine Tailings Dam Failure in BC a Warning for Alaska

first_imgMuddy water from the breached Mount Polley Mine tailings dam floods a downstream creek and road Monday. Fishing and environmental groups say the same could happen at new B.C. mines near the Southeast border. (Photo courtesy Cariboo Regional District Emergency Operations Centre)Monday’s tailings-dam break at a British Columbia copper and gold mine could threaten Southeast Alaska salmon fisheries. That’s according to critics, who say similar dams closer to the border could suffer the same fate, polluting Alaska waters.Download AudioMonday morning’s dam break took place at the Mount Polley Mine, about 400 miles southeast of Ketchikan.Scroll down or click here for a video showing the damage.Observers estimate enough water, mud and rock to fill 2,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools escaped. Emergency officials warned downstream residents against drinking from affected waterways.This aerial image from a British Columbia emergency office video shows the Mount Polley dam break and some of the damage downstream.That includes salmon-rich tributaries of the Fraser River, which empties into the Pacific Ocean at Vancouver, B.C.Brian Lynch of the Petersburg Vessel Owners Association says some of those fish swim north.“The United States has a harvest-sharing arrangement for Fraser sockeye and pink salmon through provisions of the Pacific Salmon Treaty. So any problem associated with salmon production on the Fraser will affect U.S. fishermen,” he says.Imperial Metals, the Mount Polley Mine’s owners, did not respond to a request for comment. That’s been the case with requests on other issues too. The corporate website says the mine is not operating and they don’t know how long repairs will take.A half-dozen or so similar mines are planned for northwest British Columbia, closer to the Alaska border.Guy Archibald of the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council says they all plan to store tailings, which contain acidic rock and toxic metals, behind dams similar to the one that broke.“They’re all basically the same systems. They have to comply with the same regulations and design criteria,” he says.Archibald and Lynch are especially concerned about the Kerr-Sulphurets-Mitchell project, under development about 20 miles from the Alaska border.KSM will store tailings behind dams upstream from the Nass River, which ends just south of Alaska’s border with British Columbia.Environmental Affairs Vice President Brent Murphy says it’s not the same as the Mount Polley dam.“The design of the tailings management facility is such that water will not be standing up against the crest of the dam. Any ponds will be at least kilometers away from the crest of the dams,” he says.The Mount Polley break may have been caused by heavy rainfall and increased production added pressure to the dam.The KSM also plans a water treatment storage dam upstream from the Unuk River, which enters the ocean northeast of Ketchikan. It would be part of a system treating acidic water from mine pits and tunnels.Murphy says it’s designed to spill extra water rather than hold it beyond capacity.“That contact water would have characteristics very similar to the water that is currently flowing naturally within the Suphurets-Unuk river system,” he says.KSM’s dam plans have been OK’d by Canadian provincial and federal officials. Murphy says they also passed muster with independent engineers.Lynch of the Petersburg Vessel Owners Association says the Mount Polley dam had the same approval.“This was not only obviously a tailings dam failure but it appears to be a regulatory oversight failure as well. And that’s what we want to prevent on any mines going into the transboundary systems,” he says.The Mount Polley mine owners, Vancouver-based Imperial Metals, plans to open the Red Chris Mine, in the Stikine River watershed this fall. Like Mount Polley and KSM, it’s an open-pit copper and gold mine.last_img read more

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Microsoft revenue profit misses estimates

first_imgMicrosoft Corp reported results that fell short of analysts’ expectations, showing its high-profile cloud business cannot quite make up for a slowing personal-computer market.Shares fell 5 percent in after hours trade to $52.92.Two of Microsoft’s three major businesses showed lower operating profits, led by what Microsoft calls its intelligent cloud division, which includes its Azure cloud-services business as well as traditional server software. Despite revenue at Azure more than doubling, revenue in the division grew just 3 percent.”We would have liked to have seen 7 to 9 percent growth,” Dan Morgan, a portfolio manager at Synovus Trust who holds Microsoft shares, said of intelligent cloud revenue. “We’re trying to validate this story that Microsoft is truly becoming a cloud company, and they’re not going to be relying on the desktop computer.”Microsoft executives said that the shortfalls in the intelligent cloud business were due to pressure on products that were tangential to the main cloud push, such as server software, which mollified some investors.”Microsoft’s cloud business is gaining sales and momentum in the marketplace, so I am willing to give them the benefit of the doubt on this quarter’s missed external expectations,” said Matt McIlwain, a venture capitalist at Madrona Venture Group who watches Microsoft closely. “But, the combined top line and bottom line miss will raise the stakes for their final quarter of the 2016 fiscal year.”Revenue at the Redmond, Wash.-based software giant fell to $20.53 billion from $21.73 billion.The company’s net income in the third quarter ended March 31 fell to $3.76 billion, or 47 cents per share, from $4.99 billion, or 61 cents per share, a year earlier.The company in part blamed a higher-than-expected tax rate for the lower net income.Adjusted revenue of $22.08 billion was just shy of the $22.09 billion analysts had expected, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.Excluding one-time items, Microsoft earned 62 cents per share. Analysts on average had expected a profit of 64 cents per share.Operating profit at the productivity and business processes group, which includes its Office software, dropped 7 percent. Revenue grew 1 percent to $6.5 billion.But operating profit at Microsoft’s biggest division, More Personal Computing, which includes its Windows operating system, the Surface computer and its Xbox gaming system, rose 57 percent from the prior-year quarter to $1.65 billion. Improved profit margins were driven by lower expenses in Microsoft’s phone business, which the company scaled back drastically last year, and sales of Surface portable devices.Revenue in the group rose 1 percent to $9.46 billion in the quarter. Worldwide PC shipments fell 11.5 percent in the same period, according to research firm IDC.Revenue in Microsoft’s intelligent cloud business, which includes the Azure cloud infrastructure-and-services business as well as products such as non cloud-related server software, rose 3.3 percent to $6.1 billion in the quarter.Many investors gauge Microsoft’s cloud strength by looking at what it calls its commercial cloud, a separate measure that includes cloud businesses such as Azure and Office 365 software. The commercial cloud is on track for over $10 billion in revenue for the year starting in March, it said, up from the $9.4 billion figure it gave last time.Chief Executive Satya Nadella has focused on developing the company’s cloud business with his “mobile first, cloud first” strategy, since taking over in early 2014.last_img read more

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Facebooks new privacy safeguards will erode companys profits for years

first_imgThe Facebook logo is displayed on their website in an illustration photo taken in Bordeaux, France, February 1, 2017.REUTERS/Regis DuvignauFacebook’s shares lost as much as a quarter of their value on Wednesday after executives said that profit margins would plummet for several years due to the costs of improving privacy safeguards and slowing usage in the biggest advertising markets.The second-quarter results were the first sign that a new European privacy law and a succession of privacy scandals involving Cambridge Analytica and other app developers have bit into Facebook’s business. The company further warned that the toll would not be offset by revenue growth from emerging markets and Facebook’s Instagram app, which has been more immune to privacy concerns.Facebook’s fortunes shifted in under two hours as the company first reported revenue and user growth that missed expectations and then issued warnings about future growth and expenses.Operating profit margin, which fell to 44 percent in the second quarter from 47 percent a year ago, will sink to the “mid-30s” for more than two years, Chief Financial Officer David Wehner said in investor guidance.The plummeting stock price wiped out as much as $150 billion in market capitalization and erased the stock’s gains since April when Facebook announced a surprisingly strong 63 percent rise in profit and an increase in users.If the share drop holds on Thursday, it would be Facebook’s largest single-day decline, topping a 12 percent decrease in July 2012.Facebook had cautioned investors to expect a big jump in second-quarter costs because of efforts to address concerns about the poor handling of users’ privacy and to better monitor what users post. Total expenses in the second quarter surged to $7.4 billion, up 50 percent compared with a year ago.Its gloomy forecast for revenue growth surprised investors, though, and prompted many questions from financial analysts on a conference call with company executives on Wednesday. A WhatsApp logo is seen behind a phone that is logged on to Facebook in the central Bosnian town of Zenica, February 20, 2014.REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File PhotoThe General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the European Union also will cause a revenue drop. The new privacy law forced several changes to Facebook’s privacy terms and sign-up process, leading a minority of users to opt for non-personalized ads, which tend to generate less revenue.The company said for the first time that more than 2.5 billion users interact with at least one of its apps each month, but analysts have said many of them are spending more time with Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram. Commercialization of those apps is nascent.Revenue from emerging markets has not picked up the slack either. Sales from the United States, Canada and Europe fell $75 million in the second quarter compared with a year ago, while revenue from other markets rose $51 million.last_img read more

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